CHIEF TECHNICAL ESCAPE ARTIST (web developer / programmer):

Rob and I started Escape the City little over a year ago. We started with a big idea and have been overwhelmed by the reaction. One thing is for certain – there are a lot of people wanting to Do Something Different. We have huge plans for Escape the City and we are looking for someone to help us turn these into a reality.

So time has come to take on our first full-time employee. We’re looking for a special someone to take our website and our community to the next level. We’re looking for a coding genius with a difference. Someone who shares our passion and vision for change and some one with exceptional energy to see the change through.

About you:

You’ll share our vision and excitement about the amazing community we are building. You’ll love technical problem-solving. You’ll be creative and passionate about coding. You’ll also be patient because we like to get things right.

The role:

You’ll be working closely with us (the co-founders) to develop and expand the website. Continuously adding new innovative features that will help our members with their escape.

From SEO to coding up a new search algorithm you’ll have it all covered so we can concentrate on delivering our promise to our users.

London-based. We currently work out of Parsons Green, Fulham.

Technical requirements:

We are looking for a proficient developer with a strong ability to build entirely dynamically driven web applications. We want someone who can write well designed-thought-out-maintainable code that will stand up to lots of usage.

Overview of how the site is built:

  • Built using a custom modular approach using smarty templates to separate back end code from front end display.
  • PHP backend in a procedural style.

Tech skills we’re looking for:

  • Good knowledge and understanding of PHP, Smarty,  CSS, HTML, javascript (including jQuery)
  • Understanding of transactional relational databases using MySQL’s innoDB engine.

It would also be nice if you had the following:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for problem solving
  • Proven PHP programming experience (as above)
  • Advanced MySQL database experience (as above)
  • Latest website UX best practice
  • Good working knowledge of SEO
  • A good eye for design (we’re happy to work with you on this front)

In return:

  • You’ll be employee number 3 of something that we think will be very big.
  • You’ll get to work in an exciting and innovative working environment where your ideas really count.
  • As the team is so small things happen very quickly. Your idea one day will be a reality for our thousands of users the next.
  • As a small start up you’ll be able to work flexibly and remotely when need be.
  • A monthly salary and a discretionary bonus (don’t expect a million dollar starting salary – keep in mind that we are a small start-up).

(If this isn’t for you but you have some tech friends who might be interested please do tell them and if we end up hiring them we’ll give you a bottle of champers for your efforts – THANKS)

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